The Oregon Tourism Leadership Award, presented at the Oregon Governor’s Conference on Tourism, recognized individuals championing the value of tourism, whose vision and commitment help make our communities, tourism regions and state stronger visitor destinations, and whose behind-the-scenes leadership contributes significantly to the recognition and impact of Oregon’s travel and tourism industry. This award celebrates an individual who exemplifies outstanding leadership throughout their career in the tourism industry. The award was given to Bob Hackett, Travel Southern Oregon.
Bob has been a leader for Southern Oregon’s tourism industry, especially around resiliency and response during wildfires. In the past year, Bob has gone above and beyond to ensure the Southern Oregon region has been able to quantify and communicate the impacts that wildfires have on the local communities and businesses. He has also helped guide local businesses to recovery through identifying marketing co-op advertisements and grant opportunities.